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Getting a new view of the brain. (Image courtesy of Jenny Kessler.)

Philly Fringe 2019: Gary Ames presents ‘Biofeedback: Brainwave Relaxation’

A Fringe brainwave

Philly-area psychologist and neurofeedback practitioner Gary Ames got in on the Fringe Fest by offering his 30-minute service to ticket-buyers. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Essays 3 minute read
In search of comfort: Callie Ritter and Donna Jean Fogel in ‘Another Agatha.’ (Photo by Sarah Gardner.)

Philly Fringe 2019: Migration theory presents ‘Another Agatha’

Mothers, daughters, and the patron saint of rape survivors

The 2019 Fringe Festival presents Migration Theory’s tour de force ‘Another Agatha: A Myth of Perception,’ an immersive meditation on lost mothers; sexual assault; and Boise, Idaho. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Essays 3 minute read
The best of drag and opera: John Jarboe and Stephanie Blythe (as Blythely Oratonio) at Late Night Snacks. (Photo by Johanna Austin; austinart.org.)

Philly Fringe 2019: Blythely Oratonio and company at Late Night Snacks

Opera, drag, and pure electricity

The Fringe Festival’s Late Night Snacks presents the future of Drag Operatics in a South Philly auto-repair shop. Aaron Pond reviews.
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

Essays 3 minute read
A complicated dreamer: David Wrigley as Nikola Tesla in ‘Tesla’s Dream.’ (Photo by Lendl Tellington; edited by John Brown.)

Philly Fringe 2019: The Franklin Institute presents Paul Taylor’s ‘Tesla’s Dream’

An electric mind

The Franklin Institute debuts a mixed-media Fringe Festival performance that explores Nikola Tesla’s erratic genius. Gary L. Day reviews.
Gary L. Day

Gary L. Day

Essays 2 minute read
When poets phone it in. (Image courtesy of FringeArts.)

Philly Fringe 2019: The Digital Fringe presents ‘Voicemail Poems’

Poetry on the line

A curated selection of poetry from all over the world goes live for listeners as part of this year’s Digital Fringe. Michelle Nugent reviews.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

Essays 2 minute read
Ready for your questions: Dana Suleymanova in ‘Dear qupid.’ (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Philly Fringe 2019: Dana Suleymanova presents ‘Dear qupid’

Free love

If Cupid landed in Love Park, what would you ask? Alaina Johns reviews the Fringe Festival’s ‘Dear qupid.’
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Essays 3 minute read

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One teacher's toolkit. (Photo courtesy of the author.)

Facing those back-to-school jitters as a teacher

Anxiety and joy in the classroom

Youngsters aren’t the only ones who feel nervous as the school year approaches. Teachers are facing their own challenges. Michelle Nugent considers her job in special education.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

Essays 5 minute read

In the city of Philadelphia, to exist is to make music

Musical humans

Music is about watching the baton, following the notes, and controlling your sounds—a furtive tune in your own headphones, judged worthy by somebody else. Or is music something different? Aaron Pond considers.
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

Essays 6 minute read
Toothbrushes are a simple thing, but could they send a powerful message? (Photo by Jonas Bergsten, via Wikimedia Commons.)

What happened when ordinary people answered the immigration crisis in Clint, Texas?

For the children

Philly-based therapist and educator SaraKay Smullens couldn't bear to keep quiet when news broke of inhumane conditions inside a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, that housed hundreds of migrant children. Here's what happened next.
SaraKay Smullens

SaraKay Smullens

Essays 5 minute read
Does making friends come easier when we’re young? The author (bottom right) in 2011. (Photo courtesy of Christina Anthony.)

How do we make friends in adulthood—and why bother?

Love and friendship

How do your friendships evolve as you age, and how hard are you fighting to keep them? Christina Anthony considers.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Essays 4 minute read